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On a beautiful May morning at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco - one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous - perhaps ominous - message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security, and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?
As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen's military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband's savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his 40 year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen's plane is planning something terrible. And he's right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the 11th hour.
In her stunning novel Danielle Steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.
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By Simon on 03-20-18
A Romantic Notion Does Not A Thriller Make!
Danielle Steel has done something quite out of the ordinary. She had a very interesting romantic notion about people becoming accidental heroes and tried making a thriller out of it. So did this best-selling author of romantic fiction and chick-lit succeed in turning it into a genuine suspense thriller as it is currently listed?
This has to be the sappiest, most sugar-ladenly naive entry in the genre I have ever come across. I feel like I have put on several pounds in weight just listening to it and both my ears feel like they have developed paunches. I had to give up an hour and a half from the end and that was at least half an hour after the main action had unfolded!
Now, it may be that Steel's fans from her other books might enjoy this as an interesting diversion from her normal output, I couldn't say. However, regular fans of the thriller genre are unlikely to find a book that they can appreciate. The characters are more caricature than three-dimensional and the action scenes are just poorly thought out and show rather unforgivable levels of naivete. If any of you make it through that ending then message me on Goodreads and I'll buy you a beer, wine or other beverage according to your tastes. I've never read anything more sickly or full of cliches in my entire life.
Sorry Danielle, and of course her fans, I am sure that your success in other genres is deserved but you simply aren't a thriller writer.
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By Sandra A.Lambe on 04-28-18
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and so happy almost everyone survived what amazing people they were
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